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206                          LETTERS   FROM   THE

together), she cannot come at the same time, so
I content myself with Monsieur, who is very
merry and facetious. The girls are both amiable,
particularly Eugenie, who is full of sense and ac-
complishments. She, as well as her sister, plays
admirably upon the violin and sings well. We
had yesterday what I am sure you never heard,
a quartetto by four ladies on the violin and alto,
and a middling violoncello—very well performed.
A Mademoiselle de Mortagne plays charmingly on
the harp.

The ci-devants look rather askew at De Maulde,
because he was employed by the Convention.
There is plenty of company and great names,
however reduced in their circumstances; but we
walk out a great deal, and mix but little in the
society, which, in this small town, is very much
made up of commerage. Madame de Pradelles is
an exception, but she leaves us in a few days, as
she is going into the country for the summer.

Some fine seasonable rains have brought out
spring very fast, and the oaks are beginning to
shoot. The low gardens from the palace to the
Seine are full of nightingales. I have under my
eye, from the window where I am writing, a
circle of rocks and wood of various tints, and
nearer to me numerous gardens en berceaux et